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and the independent voter forgetting. that's "hardball" for now. "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. you be talking about tomorrow? the arizona governor's debate or jan brewer's meltdown. >> we have done everything that we could possibly do. we have -- >> and those were the prepared remarks. then there was the post debate news conference, all about her comments about headless torsos. >> do you still believe that? come on, governor. >> okay, thank y'all. >> oh!
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>> strange brew and the metaphor of the headless torso for the gop. the deliberate push to demonize education and intelligence. the deification of w. the wmd-ification. the aid for a failed presidency. folks long for his steadying hand and miss his warmth and empathy. in those horrible hours following the attacks on america, we momentarily saw our fear reflected back in the president's eyes. we then saw his resolve and took comfort in his strength. we will -- well, cut that to ribbons. the doj investigates the islamophobic attack on the new york cab driver, the arson at the tennessee mosque. >> saint beck as in wreck. >> you must know what is true and then rely on divine providence. >> now you're calling university's re-education camps l. ron hubbeck. and the real hope for 2010?
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miss bendy straws, the governor whose own state would vote against him. the guy with the i love health care reform target on his back or a mustache you can believe in. john bolton for president? before you roll your eyes, think of the republican debates. >> if israel's going to do anything against bushir, it has to move in the next eight days. >> that's a positive. that's encouragement. that's what john mccain meant. >> all the news and commentary now on "countdown". >> the americans are craving something new. good evening from new york. even though a federal judge gutted the key provisions of arizona's papers, please, immigration law, new polling suggests arizonans overwhelmingly approving of sb-1070 and still like the woman who signed it into law. last tuesday, jan brewer ran away with her state's republican primary. last night she ran away from the media following her first debate.
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in our fifth story -- not only was she unprepared to deliver her prepared opening statement but her evening ended when she bolted from reporters asking her about her own claims of decapitated torsos in the arizona desert. that's right. to paraphrase the old new york post headlines, headless bodies and clueless governors. last night was the first and one expects the last between jan brewer and democratic opponent terry gad dord and the libertarian and green party challengers. brewer leading the democrat by as many as 20 points in recent polling. all she had to do last night was play keep away. instead, during her opening remarks, she got more lost than bobby and cindy brady in the grand canyon. >> finally we hear from jan brewer. >> thank you, ted. it's great to be here with larry, barry and terry. thank you all for watching us tonight. i have -- done so much. i just cannot believe that we
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have changed everything since i've become your governor in the last 600 days. arizona has been brought back from its abyss. we have cut the budget. we have balanced the budget and we are moving forward. we have done everything that we could possibly do. we have -- did what was right for arizona. i will tell you that i really did the very best that anyone could do. >> since i behad come. unfortunately for brewer that ten-second period of silence might have been her most effective use of time all night. her claim of a balanced budget was false. the atlantic website pointing to the arizona state legislature's projections, a $700 million shortfall for the next fiscal year. brewer's democratic opponent took her to task for the budget lie. he also went after the governor
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for her anti-immigrant fear mongering over the summer when brewer was claiming the state needed sb-1070 to prevent beheadings in the arizona desert. >> which beheadings in arizona were you referring to? >> law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert, either buried or lying out there that have been beheaded. >> coroners and law enforcement have no records of beheadings in arizona. last night, brewer's democratic opponent asked the governor to retract her claim because it continues to scare people and business away from the state. >> jan, i call upon you today to say that there are no beheadings. that was a false statement and it needs to be cleared up right now. >> you know, terry, i will call you out. i think that you ought to renounce your support and endorsement of the unions that are boycotting our state.
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>> which is kind of symmetrical because he didn't endorse the boycott. the debate ended with the governor refusing to retract her claim and thereby triggering the even more bizarre brewer post-debate press conference. she fielded question after question about headless bodies in the desert. >> governor, why won't you recant the comment you made earlier about the beheadings in the desert? >> seriously, that's a serious question, governor. >> this was an interesting evening tonight. of course, you saw a complete display of the difference between myself and terry goddard. >> why won't you recant the comments about the beheadings? >> we will continue to move forward. >> governor, seriously, the fact is if you're talking about -- you were complaining about terry goddard and unions and people not coming to the state. maybe people aren't coming here because you're making comments about headless bodies. >> the big thing that didn't
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happen tonight was terry goddard never gave us a plan. terry goddard has never had a plan. if he has, he hasn't shared it. it's about time he steps up and brings us a plan. being governor is not an easy job, terry. you need to get your plan out. >> what about the headless bodies? >> will you please answer the question, governor? >> about the headless bodies. why won't you recant that? do you still believe that? come on, governor. >> okay, thank you all. >> oh, come on! >> i'm joined by paul waldman senior correspondent with american prospect magazine. good evening, paul. >> hi, keith. >> isn't any campaign for any office in our land in some trouble if its candidate is to hear this question, what about the headless bodies? >> well, not necessarily. that's not the only crazy thing she has said about this issue. she also said that most undocumented immigrants who come to america are drug mules. but as long as people in arizona are talking about the crazy things jan brewer has said about illegal immigration, if nothing
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else, they're still talking about illegal immigration, which is the issue she wants this election to be all about. so although it doesn't necessarily put her in the best light, that's one thing that it does do for her. >> the governor did respond to the headless torso question. she did the radio interview today and said the bottom line is, there have been beheadings in the border region in mexico. does that settle it politically, or politically speaking, are the headless bodies still alive? >> that's not going to satisfy the reporters and it really shouldn't. she didn't say there were headless bodies in mexico. she said there were headless bodies in arizona, the state she's governing. the politically smart thing to do when you make a mistake like that, is to say, you know what, i was mistaken. i was wrong. everybody will move on. when you're literally fleeing from reporters, it will make them more eager to pin you down. >> now putting the two statements together, it appears headless bodies are illegally crossing the border from mexico to arizona. it's more of a problem than if
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she said, i screwed up. the start of this, the lack of preparation. she allowed that her extended pause during the prepared remarks, that did not constitute her finest hour. if you are a resident of arizona and your governor freezes for ten seconds and can't talk for two minutes about her accomplishments with a script in front of her, is there any -- even in arizona, could this hurt a campaign? >> brewer was something of an accidental governor. in arizona, they don't have a lieutenant governor. when janet napolitano became secretary of homeland security, brewer was secretary of state, the person in charge of elections. she ended up becoming governor. she wasn't necessarily all that prepared. but, you know, unfortunately, people don't always vote for the candidate who they think is the smartest or the most competent. politics tends to be much more about things like identity. and as long as jan brewer can be the anti-immigrant candidate, she's going to be in a good
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position. >> she has not taken the bait. she's confirmed there will be no more debates with terry goddard before november. is it plausible this did anything seriously to her 20-point lead or did she just wrap up the election by not saying anything further? >> before she signed sb-1070, her approval ratings were in the 40s. now they're in the 60s. the latest polls show her with a double-digit lead over goddard. it will take something dramatic to push him to victory. perhaps as long as she can keep her mouth shut, she might be safe. >> nuclear-fueled zombies. i'm betting on that. that's your game changer in arizona. paul waldman, senior correspondent with the american prospect magazine. thank you, paul. >> thank you. >> let's get meta with howard fineman, newsweek magazine senior correspondent, msnbc political analyst. good evening, howard. >> that's quite a challenge. i think i'm up to it. >> i'm going to start with the obvious question. what about the headless bodies? >> we're talking about candidates? no.
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>> yes in a meta sense, yeah. >> here's the thing to get meta. we have the wrong paradigm here. you and i and a lot of our viewers are thinking of candidates running for office, having debates that they care about, worrying whether they're answering reporters' questions or not in the hallway. that's no longer the paradigm, at least with a lot of the tea party candidates, and indeed a lot of other candidates, democrat and republican i'm afraid to say. in the age of twitter and facebook, in an age of fox and independent spending campaigns, and in an age when most of the american people are highly distrustful of the media in general, i think the tea party candidates -- and i put jan brewer in that category -- basically try to make a virtue out of not answering any questions. and indeed, her silence in the debate -- that may be the new paradigm for how to handle debates.
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i don't know. we're kind of knocking on the glass on the outside. and the question for these candidates, keith, is it's september 2nd. can they go from september 2nd to november 2nd without dealing with the press? that's what many of them are trying to do. whether it's rand paul or jan brewer or sharron angle, you name it. sarah palin was the template for this. they're following it. >> how did stupid get to be a badge of honor or are we kidding ourselves in suggesting that this is new? >> i think we're kidding ourselves to some extent. i hate to keep bringing up kentucky where i began as a reporter. we used to cover a congressman who went by the nickname old pumpkin head. he was not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer in the congress. of course it's not new. what's happening right now is barack obama came in with a wave of rhodes scholars and we've got the best and the brightest of the new generation. i'm barack obama, and i went to columbia and harvard, et cetera. out in the country where people are afraid and worried about employment and looking for some
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power that be to attack, whether it's wall street or the government or the education, meritocracy, they're going to go after them. that's what's happening right now. barack obama gave credentials a bad name in the eyes of these people. >> but it's an aggressive attack on education. some of these people want to dismantle the department of education. several of the commentators have been claiming that universities are dangerous in terms of indoctrination as terrorists are. these are commentators who flunked out of universities. is there an actual contempt for the fancy book learning, or is this a political thing exclusively? >> i think it's a little of both. we have periods in our history -- and this is one of them -- where people are lashing out in all directions. where the conservative movement is once again focusing on the universities. this isn't new either. this goes all the way back to william f. buckley half a
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century ago and god and man at yale. the idea that the universities, great citadels of learning were fonts of secularism and anti-religious thinking. there's a lot of that out there right now. it gives space for frankly uneducated candidates to get away with attacking the press rather than showing what they know. with a lot of the new candidates from the tea party, a few months ago, they were complete obscurities, many of them had no backgrounds whatsoever. that didn't matter. they were raw, they were real, they spoke the language of the tea party. now they've been dragged on to the public stage. they don't want to talk to us, meaning reporters, and unlike a generation ago, when they felt some duty to speak and to answer questions, sarah palin and others have taken the route of saying, we're not answering your questions because you're part of the enemy. and so be it. and that's going to be the dynamic from now through november 2nd. >> the irony, of course, is the tea party would consume and eat william f. buckley before
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midnight. >> that is true. that is very true. >> howard fineman, headless torso expert for the evening. thank you, howard. >> thank you, keith. >> the new meaning for the 1850s political party, the no-nothings began to truly form under president george w. bush. this month's news from iraq has inspired bushies to try to deify their man. well, man-god. but the laters attempt from former bush advisor, is so ham handed, so intellectually bankrupt, it requires a full answer and we will give that answer next. appraiser: for example the fingers are perfect. appraiser: the bird is in mint condition. appraiser: and i would say if this were to go to auction today, appraiser: conservatively it would be worth 2 in the bush. woman: really? appraiser: it's just beautiful, thank you so much for bringing it in. woman: unbelievable anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more.
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former bush adviser's journalistically dishonest comment to president bush. as the far right goes far afield to try to canonize the greatest republican president of this century. what happened to him was a hate crime. now it might turn out to be a true federal crime. we will read from the book of frank glenn graham. as the prophet from fox warns us yea, do not believe thy education.
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two hours after president obama gave his oval office speech on iraq, former bush political adviser mark mckinnon posted a comment called the shadow over obama's address. he made headlines when he refused to attack obama during the 2008 campaign. but he claims that the shadow over obama's address is cast by the superior presidency of george w. bush. mr. mckinnon is the latest to
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embrace the message of those billboards depicting mr. bush asking miss me yet? the answer in our fourth story tonight is not so much no as lord, no. hell, no. a thousand times, no. perhaps as an homage as to how the bush presidency made a case for war, mr. mckinnon cherry picks facts to make a case for bush. he claims that obama wonders at the fickle nature of a seemingly ungrateful nation. that phrase links to this article. obama, tea partiers should thank me for tax breaks. not nation, tea partiers. time, mckinnon also writes is already softening judgment on bush's legacy. the link there to one analyst's opinion that the last two years, quote, potentially could put bush in a better light. bush's handling of katrina is more popular in a louisiana poll than obama's handling of the bp spill, he writes. the link there goes to an article pointing out that louisiana is a republican state
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and reporting the pollsters' caveat that many who favored obama were not counted in the poll. why? because they no longer live in louisiana. 1,600 of them no longer live at all. while obama's approval rating has fallen 20 points since march, 2009. bush's has climbed ten points. in that same poll, he does not write 45%, a minority, approve of bush while 52% which would be a majority approve of obama. the toughest of bush's critics, including maureen dowd, joe klein acknowledge an occasional pining for 43. all four praised bush for the same thing. his lack of hatred for muslims. all four said bush should be doing something he currently refuses to do, come out publicly now in defense of the proposed islamic center near ground zero. all four presuming of course bush would defend it. yes, klein's column is titled
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missing george w. if mckinnon had read the article, he would see the first sentence says well, not really. the people spoke first, mckinnon claims. his evidence? this billboard reading miss me yet. who put it up? people, just people. just some business people. to be specific. is there any other kind? why do people supposedly miss mr. bush? bush reduced the deficit from $412 billion in 2004 to $162 billion in 2007. as if bush had a three-year presidency. he links to a graph which blames the 2009 deficit on obama. despite the fact that the 2009 budget was signed into law by president bush. quote, folks long for his steady hand. they miss his warmth and empathy. >> we see his steadying hand expressing his warmth and empathy and here as well.
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we see him joking warmly about the absence of wmd in iraq. a lie for which under his steadying hand 4,427 americans have already died. we have seen these attributes since he left the white house. here he is in haiti and wiping off some haitian warmth on to bill clinton's shirt. quoting further, his meaning was always clear. we knew who he was. his convictions were firm. in fact, bush was a liar, an admitted liar. not for iraq, that too. but also for politics. when bush fired defense secretary donald rumsfeld after the 2006 elections, he was asked why he had said just one week before that he would not fire rumsfeld. bush volunteered he had lied to get reporters to move on to another question and america would not know the truth before the nation voted. >> you and hunt and kyle came in the oval office and hunt asked me the question. one week before the campaign.
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basically, are you going to do something about rumsfeld and the vice president. my answer is they're going to stay on. the reason why is i didn't want to inject a major decision about this war in the final days of a campaign. so the only way to answer that question and to get you on to another question was to give you that answer. the truth of the matter is, as well, that's one reason i gave the answer -- >> he lied that he would fire whoever was proved to leak valerie plame's identity. he lied about faith-based initiatives. bush lied about faith-based funding, lied to conceal the office's political schemes. if bush's convictions were firm, what to make of the 2004 campaign, as former bush aide ken mehlman confirmed, that the bush white house launched a secret strategy to put anti-gay measures on the ballot as bait to bring evangelical voters to the polls. this three years after a gay man joined other passengers of united flight 93 to give their lives saving the bush white house.
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despite the cia's warning to bush, mckinnon resurrects the canard, quote, no one knew how america's faith and freedom and democracy would be tested on september 11th. on that day, the man and the country changed forever. if the country changed forever, bush's faith must have failed the test. changing the country was exactly what bin laden wanted. bin laden hated us for our freedoms, mr. bush told us. mr. bush set about removing our freedoms, spying on suspects without the warrants demanded by faith in freedom and democracy. imprisoning suspects without the due process guaranteed by the bedrock document of american faith and freedom and democracy. torturing suspects using techniques learned from the enemies of freedom and democracy. he continues, george w. bush became the president we needed in one of the worst moments in our history. in those horrible hours following the attacks on america, we momentarily saw our fear reflected back in the
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president's eyes. we then saw his resolve and took comfort in his strength. the fear we remember. and the resolve -- he stood on the rubble, literally standing on a pyre and resolved to avenge the dead. six months later, we no longer saw that resolve. he truly was not that concerned about bin laden. >> i don't know where he is. i repeat what i said. i truly am not that concerned about him. >> four years later, his resolve led him to endorse pakistan's official truce with the taliban which created in the pakistani region of waziristan a taliban and al qaeda safe haven. the very thing he was asking american soldiers to die to prevent. this after abc news reported pakistan allowed bin laden to remain free. quoting again. the rest of us return to our lives, not counting the families of the million plus who went to war, much as they had before 9/11. bush never did, never. >> i call upon all nations to do
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everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. thank you. now watch this drive. all right. >> quoting again, he vowed to do everything in his power to keep us safe and he did. starting then. but not counting americans who died in subsequent terrorist attacks on u.s. soil, never mind that his vow to do everything in his power violated his vow not to exceed constitutional limits on his power. more from mr. mckinnon. he continued to promote human liberty, human rights and human dignity in iraq and afghanistan. the shadow cast by mr. bush is long indeed. until republicans like mckinnon start putting mr. bush not on billboards but in campaign ads, we must conclude however much americans miss mr. bush, the true shadow cast by his presidency is what and who we miss because of bush. what and who we could have been.
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the department of justice opens investigations on the cabby attack and the arson at the murfreesboro mosque. first the sanity break and two tweets of the day. they're in sequence from forest knight, st. louis new media dude. cards 0-5, pujols slumping. since beck event. then from elizabeth ken non. hay there larussa and pujols, must have been the motivational
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speech from beck. really, 0-5? i don't really follow the baseball. let's play "oddball." we begin in azerbaijan where another shot has been fired in the world's tallest objects fight. the world's tallest unsupported flag pole. what, unsupported? run away. unsupported meaning it's not on top of a building. the pole stands 531 feet high and over ten feet wide as its base. the president spoke at the ceremony and helped to raise a 26,000-square foot flag. he has one. when it was first built, the president was not sure people would support the venture but he decided to run it up the flag pole and see who saluted. >> london, england, hello. this is the cake britain exhibit. this is being billed as the first edible art exhibit. visitors are allowed to take out their fork and appreciate the art. mmm, cake. masterpiece. all the proceeds from cake britain will go to a children's
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hospice charity. all participants will answer the question, cake or death? to china. it looks like bambi is off the wagon. this real life suds mcduff drinks two bottles of beer a day. sometimes does wine but finds it gives him a splitting headache. so far the deer seems to be healthy with no ill effects of alcohol. as september approaches, he needs to back off the booze. he is an alternate for santa's sleigh and they have a red-nosed deer. it's offensive to build an islamic cultural center vaguely near the world trade center site but not torch a mosque or to stab a cabbie. next.
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there have already been charges filed against a man who attacked a muslim cab driver in new york city. federal authorities had been investigating a suspicious fire at a tennessee muslim center construction site. in our third story, the department of justice is investigating both incidents as possible hate crimes. meantime, the actual insensitivity of protesting the
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park 51 islamic community center on the ninth anniversary of 9/11 is gaining attention from the families of 9/11 victims. the department of justice has opened investigations into the taxi driver attack and the tennessee fire. spokeswoman telling talking points memo -- quote, the department is investigating these matters with local authorities. the former acting director says i think it's pretty clear that there's a hate crime investigation underway at the expansion of an existing islamic center there, four pieces of heavy construction equipment were set ablaze on sunday with the help of an accelerant according to local authorities. as with the attack of the cab driver in new york, the alleged assailant has been charged with a hate crime under new york state law but that would not preclude an indictment under federal law. at the site of the proposed community city in new york city, a planned protest against it scheduled for 9/11 is being criticized for its insensitivity. there is no issue about the rights of anyone to protest but actual insensitivity as well as
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a coalition of 9/11 groups have written an open letter which reads in part, we stand together in expressing our opposition to staging a high profile public protest rally specifically on september 11th when so many others' priorities will properly be focused on prayer, remembrance and private reflection throughout the day and evening. to hold any other type of protest rally on september 11 would be inappropriate and disrespectful for those who see 9/11 as a day away from politics. they say they are not expressing support for the community center itself. let's turn to the co-author of that letter, david payne, president and founder of 9/11, a nonprofit created to turn september 11th into a national day of service. jay winick lost his younger brother, glenn, a volunteer firefighter, in the collapse of the world trade center towers. thank you for your time tonight. >> thanks for having me here. >> we quoted part of that letter. if you would start by expressing the intent of it yourself, i think that would be best. >> 9/11 has always been a sacred day.
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our organization, my good deed, worked for the last 8 1/2 years with the entire 9/11 community to establish september 11th as a national day of service and remembrance really so that the 9/11 community would have a day of peaceful reflection and remembrance. we just don't feel that it's appropriate to have street protests and rallies on that day when so many families are really struggling with just the issue of the loss of their loved ones. >> two quick points to add to this. you don't dispute anybody's right to protest and your objection is not about what this protest is about, just the fact of a protest about something on that day, correct? >> yeah. it's really about the timing of the rallies. you know, we've written to both individuals and organizations that are for the mosque as well as against it. we've said, look, you know, 9/11 is a day that needs to be reserved for the 9/11 community.
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do it on another day. yeah, we don't have any problem with people expressing their point of view. certainly, we don't begrudge 9/11 family members themselves that may feel that it's important for them to be there. >> have you gotten any response from the organizers of the protest scheduled for this 9/11 against the park 51 project? >> yeah, we have. you know, we talked to the organizers that are running the rally in opposition to the mosque. they've initially rejected our request. we sent them a second letter today asking them to reconsider. we talked to the organization that is considering running a rally to protest bigotry and hate. we've asked them to do the same thing. maybe stand down for that one day. we really do need that. >> the nature of what's going to wind up at the ground zero site when this is finally concluded has been an issue since that day, since september 11th, 2001.
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obviously there's going to be commerce, it's not just going to be remembrance. it is the middle of a city. originally the thought at gettysburg was leave it alone for prayer and remembrance and they needed the tourism there, to be blunt about gettysburg. the point of your letter, can it be boiled down to the point just to give some room and some peace to grieving family members and people who lost friends, let's not exclude them, so they know they will have that one day each year to be with themselves and their memories? >> i think that's exactly -- you said it very, very well. we all get caught up in these very important and serious topics that do result in a lot of controversy. but for the average 9/11 family member, this is a widow that may be waking up every 9/11 and once again is dealing with the fact her husband didn't come home nine years ago. she's having to deal with the issues of helping her family and children through that. it is a very difficult thing. i have to tell you, i've been
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working with the 9/11 community for nine years. these people are heroes. they are absolute heroes. they've gone through hell. they need a day where they can have peaceful reflection and remembrance, and we all owe that to them. my goodness. we fight every day of the year. why can't we just have one day where we can set aside our differences? you remember back in 2008, our organization called on both presidential candidates at the time, senators mccain and then senator obama, to pull their campaign ads for the date and they did it. i think that's what we're looking for. >> particularly this year. on top of everything else, it's a saturday. david paine of 9/11, great thanks and good luck with this project. john bolton running for president. can you imagine the debates, the animal magnetism of the mustache? versus the winky-blinky?
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side effects include dry mouth, constipation and trouble passing urine. now, i'm managing my chronic bronchitis every day. ask your doctor if once-daily spiriva is right for you. a state republican party puts out a press release based on a rumor they think they heard on talk radio. worsts next. first, a man who made a joke about my dead mother revealed himself not to be a commentator, but a prophet, not a shock jock, but a televangelist. we welcome you to another edition of saint beck as in wreck. cardinal beck-a-lou, call him what you will. from time to time, we'll point out his more egregious mistakes. of fact and faith. okay, pope beck-a-dickt. you're going after education now? >> our children are being submerged in the filth of communism. submerged in the filth of lies. i tell you this not to get you
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angry. i tell you to steel your determination. you must steel yourself. you must know what is true and then rely on divine providence. how very kim jong-il of you. or dare i say it, mao is the england now, isn't he? re-education. america, while you have been working hard, while you have been busting your butt, while you have thought that we all generally agree on things, we have been setting up re-education camps. we call them universities. >> this is, of course, the theme of the evangelist dating back to the caves. it was highlighted at the scopes monkey trial by william glennings beck ancestor. william jennings brian. education and science, bad. guessing and superstition, good.
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can wink" palin? that's next. first, get out your pitchforks and torches. the bronze to a man in wisconsin. police say he shot a bullet in the floor of his home where his brother was. nobody injured. he fired because he saw a space alien. this was 2:30 in the afternoon. he admitted he'd been smoking marijuana since that morning. the runner-up, an oxygen shortage in wisconsin this week as mr. wellhouse issued a press release saying the democratic candidate held a super secret fund-raiser with nancy pelosi but didn't want to admit it. the republican party provided an artist's rendition of the event. within an hour, the republicans had to withdraw the press release because there was no fund-raiser. mr. wellhouse, who is apparently paid money to be a spokesperson for the wisconsin gop revealed his source for his story. he heard about it on a milwaukee talk radio station which had in turn heard about it via an anonymous e-mail posted on one of its blogs.
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imagine for a moment a presidential debate in the not so distant future. republican candidates vying for the party's nomination. first 45 minutes spent on the introductions trying to top how the last one praised ronald reagan. then opening remarks ranging from we're not going to eliminate violent conflict until homosapiens cease to exist to, can i call you john? our number one story in the countdown. the pawlenty/romney/bolton/palin debate. the gop's field of dreamers. first up, mr. pawlenty perhaps in an effort to distance himself from mitt "i love health care" romney, ordering state agencies to declare state agency involvement -- decline that, rather. despite an appeal from the chamber of commerce. minneapolis star tribune reporting that the group asked mr. pawlenty to apply for a million dollar health care grant that could potentially benefit consumers. small wonder that recent polling showing the majority of minnesotans wouldn't vote for
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pawlenty for president, instead preferring mitt "i love health care reform" romney. shrugging off constituents' concern over his frequent out of state travel for the greater good. >> i wouldn't expect that people would like the fact that i'm trying to get out in the country and influence elections for 2010, but i think it's important work. >> what a guy. pawlenty has made five trips to iowa since last november. which brings us to the former governor. she'll be headlining the reagan day dinner, an opportunity she sought after blowing it off last year. event planners inviting her to speak after she quit as governor. she never responded despite periodic reminders. then there is the proverbial dark horse. not the mustache. former u.n. ambassador john bolton. if you're wondering where he would be on foreign policy, he previously advocated bombing iran, invading somalia and nuking chicago. the last we think he made in jest. >> are you running for president in 2012? >> it's a great honor when
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people ask me that question and i have been asked that question. i don't think anybody involved in politics should worry about that until after the elections this fall. i think they're so important. >> you're not saying no? >> i'm not saying no, that's right. >> time to call in the founding editor of huffington post. thanks for your time tonight. candidate john bolton. i thought conventional wisdom was that americans liked their presidents free of facial hair and middle east nuking and stuff. >> since william howard taft, hairless has been considered presidential. as you point out with bolton, the problem isn't the mustache. it's the psychotic positions. forget about bombing the middle east. he wanted to nuke the u.n. don't forget, bush had to use a recess appointment to get him in he's not exactly electable. >> but this joyous idea to contemplate of a debate, bolton might be, let's use crazy, but he could probably draw a city by city map of the middle east, you
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know, freehand. vanity fair revealed mrs. palin did not know who margaret thatcher is. this is the kind of debate i'd pay to go see. >> i thought it would be impossible to top the 2008 group in terms of freak showishness, brownback running against darwin and tom tancredo running on the zeen phobia ticket. it's almost enough to make one pine for duncan hunter. >> the story of governor pawlenty, he's trying to go on the anti-health care reform kick. is that going to keep him in this sort of upper echelon of the republican possibilities? >> i don't see it. when you're running to the right of the chamber of commerce, it's not putting you in the wheelhouse of electability. plus, aren't 90% of republicans against health care reform? it doesn't separate him from the pack. >> interesting thing about palin and the reagan day dinner. no headliner has gone to be president nor the presidential
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nominee for that matter. other than presumably the check, what's in it for her, do we know? >> i don't think we can use historical precedent when it comes to palin. don't forget. no presidential candidate ever had their own reality show with kate gosselin guesting or has a daughter who is an unwed mother and a contestant on "dancing with the stars." i think we're in uncharted waters here, keith. >> the polling that puts mitt romney ahead of the pack, do you let the others slug it out, figure out how to erase all memories of what you did for health care reform in massachusetts and come up with a way you were for it before you were against it? >> absolutely. if you have bolton and palin going at it, it will be making him look like the second coming of winston churchill. the only problem is how does he run against himself? that's his biggest competition. >> we've heard newt gingrich. i don't think he wants to be president. he may want to be king. where does he fit in all this? is he just hoping somehow you he'll come out looking good by
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comparison? to the rest of these loads? >> he'll absolutely raise the iq of the group by a number of points but lower the moral compass rating a lot. he has big ideas and loathsome personal behavior. i think he's actually, don't you think, coming unhinged a little early, comparing muslims to nazis. a little early in the game for that. >> not his game. the man we discussed going for deification under mckinnon, former president bush, is he going to come out and support somebody or he's not interested in this whole thing anymore. correct? >> one word, jeb. he's made it clear he doesn't want to get involved anymore, right? he said that muslims and islam was a religion of peace. but now in the whole mosque controversy, where is he? he's empty. i don't think he will get involved unless brother jeb's in the race. >> thanks for your time. >> my pleasure, keith. >> that's september 2nd.

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